The Oregon Family Council announced they would not be moving forward with IP 52—the measure that would allow businesses and corporations to turn gay and lesbian couples away for goods and services.
License to discriminate
Oregon United Against Discrimination released the first ad in the campaign to defeat the proposed discrimination measure. The ad to features Kathleen Saadat, a renowned advocate for civil rights and for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians.
FRC president Tony Perkins was at the Mississippi bill signing, joining local lawmakers and the governor for what they considered a triumphant moment. Tony was one of the only non-elected officials to be there. He had no real ties other than the fact that he, as one of the strongest practitioners of the anti-LGBT arts.
After earlier "reviewing" the Arizona-style "license to discriminate bill" the Mississippi legislature has quickly passed the bill, sending it to the Governor for signature.
The many conservatives and countless people of faith who came out against Arizona's gloriously failed license-to-discriminate bill are "shrill and irrational voices," at least according to the Family Research Council.
The Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), or SB 2681, has dropped its language about religious freedom following a vote from the state's House yesterday, but a study committee has been formed "to investigate how to pass such a bill in the future," ThinkProgress reported.
E-mails released by Governor Jan Brewer reveal her legal counsel and policy director worked with the Center for Arizona Policy, the group behind the bill, "to make it more palatable to the Governor"
Religious leaders, equality advocates stand against discriminatory bill as Mississippi House readies to vote
While this bill cites religion as its motivation and justification, equality organizations and religious leaders in the state have spoken out, strongly condemning its discriminatory essence.
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Nearly a quarter of the country have recently considered or are still considering bills similar to the "License to Discriminate" SB 1062 that was vetoed this week by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.